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in the current economic crisis comes, in large part no doubt, from the radically different attitudes to history between Greeks and the EU elites.

The "franco-german axis" (an unfortunate term in the context, but for want of a better word) have digested both fascism and communism and take for granted that a concensus view exists on the events of the 1940s. This is generally true in French and German society, but obviously a wide range of situations exist in the rest of Europe. And Greece is no doubt on the bleeding edge of undigested history.

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by eurogreen on Thu Sep 29th, 2011 at 06:06:47 AM EST
It's most stable years were the 6 or 7 in the eurozone prior to 2009.

I also believe that you can't underestimate the problem of Greece's eastern borders. The need for constant purchase of arms has only reinforced the kleptocracies that grew on rubble in the 1950s. Marshall Plan aid came in the form of subsidies for arms purchases. Then you got Cyprus and the falling out with the USA, followed by Greece's deliberate move toward non-aligned countries in the 1980s, the institution of a market economy for the first time 25 years ago, to the 1990s when the economy began to grow.

by Upstate NY on Thu Sep 29th, 2011 at 09:17:31 AM EST
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And Greece is no doubt on the bleeding edge of undigested history.

For a large number of Greeks the "consensus view" held by French, German, British and US government elites must be just so much self serving shit.  

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 30th, 2011 at 12:03:33 AM EST
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